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England’s Justin Rose, Canadian David Hearn and Americans Blayne Barber and Jerry Kelly were a further stroke back but no player in the field had completed more than 12 holes when play was suspended for the day in fading light.

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Better weather is forecast for the New Orleans area on Sunday when organisers hope to conclude the tournament. Tee times for the final round have been scheduled for between 10 a.m. local (1500 GMT) and 12 noon.

“Fifty-four holes is not in the mix,” Slugger White, the PGA Tour’s vice president of rules and competitions, told reporters.

White said the goal was to complete the tournament as scheduled but added that, if further bad weather intervened on Sunday, “we would be here Monday if we have (lengthy) delays.”

Earlier on Saturday, Australian Day birdied two of his last four holes after play resumed in the weather-delayed second round to card a seven-under 65 and seize a one-shot lead.

The highest-ranked player in the field at the TPC Louisiana, Day drained a 34-footer at the par-four 15th before signing off with a tap-in from inside two feet at the par-five last.

“It’s taken a while but we got it in,” Day, who won his third career title on the PGA Tour with a playoff victory at the Farmers Insurance Open in February, told Golf Channel about the weather-disrupted second round.

“I came out today and played some really nice golf. Just happy where I’m at, I’m enjoying myself and hopefully the (bad) weather can stay away.”

Day’s 65 left him at 12-under 132, a stroke in front of Americans Hudson Swafford (66), Daniel Berger (67) and Chris Stroud (66).

Swafford had completed his 66 on Friday before approaching thunderstorms forced play to be suspended for the day with the afternoon wave of players still out on the course.

Berger and Stroud each recorded one birdie in their last three holes on Saturday morning to edge up the leaderboard.

The third round began soon after but further thunderstorms forced play to be suspended at 12.14 p.m. local time, wiping out nearly five hours of the day’s play.

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Ian Ransom)

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon wants his team to develop a ruthless edge – and it won’t be a comfortable experience.

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For the first time in their history, Fremantle are unbeaten after four AFL rounds – but only just.

The Dockers led Sydney by 48 points at half-time on Saturday night, but that lead was whittled down to just three points midway through the final quarter.

A steadying goal to Matthew Pavlich was enough to lift Fremantle to a 11.8 (74) to 8.12 (60) win, but Lyon wants his charges to understand there’s no such thing as a “safe” lead in modern footy.

That point was rammed home in Saturday night’s other match, where Hawthorn almost pinched a win off Port Adelaide despite trailing by 58 points at one stage.

“You’re never safe. Not against quality,” Lyon said.

“You’re hoping to hear that siren while you’re in front.”

Sydney coach John Longmire agreed, but next time he wants to be the coach worrying about whether his charges can to hold on to a huge lead.

“The best advice would be to not get 50 points down,” Longmire said with a wry smile.

“You can’t afford to give anyone starts. You have to get things right from the very start, against any team – let alone the best teams.”

Fremantle led West Coast by 79 points in round three. But a second-half fadeout saw that margin trimmed to 30 by the final siren.

Lyon said it was imperative for his players to put away opposition sides when they have the chance.

“Human nature is once you get comfortable, everyone breathes out and relaxes a little bit,” Lyon said.

“And on the other side you feel like you need to get going. That’s about being a ruthless AFL team, and we’ve clearly got some work to do.

“I think we learnt that when challenged, we were able to get the momentum back. And (we also learned that) against quality you can’t relax for a minute.

“We’re really pleased we take the four points. We’ve got a lot to learn and we need to keep improving.”

Lyon scoffed at any talk he would rest players for Sunday’s MCG clash with Melbourne, who are 2-2 following their impressive win over Richmond.

Sydney face the Western Bulldogs at the SCG next Saturday, and Longmire said it was imperative for his team to stick their tackles from the outset.

“With our first half against Fremantle, we missed too many tackles,” Longmire said.

“The difference between effective and ineffective tackles is a key stat in football.”

Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan will face the firing squad on Tuesday unless Indonesia’s president has a last-minute change of heart.

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The Bali Nine pair was given notice on Saturday of Indonesia’s intention to execute them in a minimum of 72 hours, during a meeting on Nusakambangan Island.

Lawyer Julian McMahon returned from the island with three self-portraits by Sukumaran – one of them dated April 25 and signed “72 hours just started”.

The Chan and Sukumaran families are making their way to Indonesia and it’s understood they will be allowed to visit the men on Sunday.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the thoughts and prayers of many Australians were with them.

“I spoke to Mr Sukumaran’s mother Raji yesterday and assured her the government would continue to seek clemency from Indonesian President Widodo for both men,” she said in a statement.

“I again respectfully call on the President of Indonesia to reconsider his refusal to grant clemency,” she said.

“It is not too late for a change of heart.”

A lawyer for Nigerian Raheem Salami, who is set to face the firing squad alongside Chan, Sukumaran and up to seven others, says the prisoners were told their executions would be on Tuesday.

Utomo Karim watched as they were told individually.

“Myuran, I didn’t see much,” he told reporters.

“Andrew, he’s OK. Basically, they looked tough.”

Mr Utomo believes only seven prisoners were given the news, and there may be outstanding legal issues with others who had been named among the ten to be executed.

They included Frenchman Serge Atlaoui, who has reportedly been granted a reprieve after lawyers challenged an administrative matter in his case.

Jakarta had promised to respect the prisoners’ legal challenges before setting an execution date.

However, Filipina Mary Jane Veloso has a second appeal application before the courts and Indonesian Zainal Abidin is still awaiting a decision on his.

Chan and Sukumaran have challenges before the Constitutional Court and Judicial Commission that raise questions about the sentencing and the clemency process.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is set to discuss the executions with French leader Francois Hollande on Monday.

Mr Abbott has called Chan, 31, and Sukumaran, 34, “well and truly reformed characters” after their decade in prison for the foiled heroin smuggling plot.

‘My Brother Myu’

Myuran Sukumaran’s sister Brintha has posted online an emotional plea for the life of her brother to be saved.

“My brother is now a good man and after 10 years in prison, he has taught so many Indonesian prisoners about art and about how to live outside in the world and have a good and productive life,” she says.

Wallabies vice-captain Adam Ashley-Cooper is hoping the ARU’s decision to free up elite overseas-based players for Test selection allows Matt Giteau to join one of the most exclusive clubs in Australian rugby.

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Ashley-Cooper is among only five Australians to have earned more than 100 Test caps, having famously posed in cricket whites in the Wallabies’ team photo before raising his bat against the All Blacks last year.

The versatile back joined George Gregan (139 Tests), Nathan Sharpe (116), George Smith (111) and David Campese (101) in reaching his century and is delighted to be one of the big beneficiaries of the ARU’s policy change.

The 31-year-old stalwart could finish 2015 with as many as 115 Tests under his belt before potentially adding even more to his tally while enjoying life in Bordeaux after the World Cup.

“I said long before even the speculation about these change of rules, that I’d put my hand up to play for Australia,” said Ashley-Cooper, currently on 104 Tests.

“Whether or not I’ll be fast enough or sharp enough to do that, that’d be up to me in years to come.

“I certainly wasn’t expecting for any of those rules to change, but I see it as a great reward for guys who have given either seven years or 60 caps of service to the Australian Rugby Union.

“In the end, I think you’ll see that it will actually retain young players and give them that incentive to reach that criteria and give them an option later on in their career.

“It’s a win win for the player that’s reached that goal and also for the ARU that’s going to be able to conserve a little bit of money to put into the youth of Australian rugby.”

Above all, Ashley-Cooper is chuffed at the prospect of three of Australia’s finest players rekindling their international careers – possibly as early as the Rugby Championship in – and most notably Giteau.

The midfield playmaker has been stranded on 92 Tests since being controversially overlooked by former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans for the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

“There’s a few guys there that are eligible – George Smith, Drew Mitchell, Matt Giteau, all close friends of mine that I’ve spent many years with, many Tests with, many tours with,” Ashley-Cooper said.

“So that could be a special moment.

“But I think obviously highlighting Gits’ career, it gives him a really good opportunity to reach that 100 Tests that he deserves.

“So I think it’s up to him now. The ball’s in his court to be playing well and performing well to granted selection in the World Cup squad.”

AUSTRALIA’S MOST-CAPPED WALLABIES:

George Gregan – 139 Tests

Nathan Sharpe – 116 Tests

George Smith – 111 Tests

Adam Ashley-Cooper – 104 Tests

David Campese – 101 Tests

Matt Giteau – 92 Tests

Seniors have a blunt message for the federal government: leave savers alone.

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Over-50s lobby group National Seniors Australia has joined the opposition to a bank deposits tax, saying people who save are an easy target for governments.

“They’re low hanging fruit for governments who are keen to grab money,” chief executive Michael O’Neill told AAP.

The tax – a 0.05 per cent levy on deposits up to $250,000 first proposed by Labor – is expected to be unveiled in the May 12 budget in a move that would raise about $500 million a year.

The Australian Bankers Association has said the tax would punish savers and self-funded retirees already struggling with low interest rates.

Mr O’Neill says it doesn’t make sense to tax people who save money when all the commentary is about drawing down debt for the nation.

“Of course at a time when term deposits are paying three-fifths to five-eighths of stuff all, that just all the more reinforces the negativity about that.”

He said the deposit tax issue was similar to Labor reducing the period bank accounts and life insurance policies can be inactive before they are transferred to the government to three years from seven years.

That increased the amount transferred to ASIC as unclaimed money from about $70 million in 2011/12 to $550 million in 2012/13.

Seniors welcomed the coalition government’s announcement last month that it was restoring the time period back to seven years, but Mr O’Neill said that had now been tempered by the talk of a deposits tax.

“That was all about reducing the deficit, for no good reason beyond that, and this savings tax is of a similar nature.

“Leave savers alone.”